Drake Says New Aaliyah Album Has Her Family’s Blessing, Despite Reports To The Contrary

Days after Drake unveiled “Enough Said”, a new track that acts as a collaboration between he and Aaliyah, there are conflicting reports over the involvement of the late R&B-pop songstress’ family in the project. Regardless, a new album featuring unreleased material by Aaliyah is definitely in the works, according to Drake.

“People should be really excited. People thought it was my single; it’s not my single,” Drizzy told MuchMusic following Sunday’s OVO Fest in Toronto. “It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and [producer Noah] 40 [Shebib] are commanding and 40′s just doing some incredible…music right now.”

Drake continued:

“And the people around her, everybody from her family to her old management and label, were like, ‘If there’s anyone out that can do it right now, it’s [you] and 40.’ And that was an honor and we’re going to pull in some classic people, anybody who used to work with Aaliyah that was essential in her career we definitely hope to have them involved. So it’s great. You get a new Aaliyah album this year on top of everything.”

Indeed, UK paper the Guardian reports that Drake contacted Aaliyah’s “Try Again” and “More Than A Woman” collaborator Timbaland about working on the project,  and the producer now appears to be working on two tracks for the upcoming album.

But the paper notes that Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton and, by default, her entire family, are not co-signing — a fact that contradicts Drake’s sentiments above. “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” Haughton said via a statement, according to the Guardian.

Whatever the case may be, Drake seems upbeat about the album: “To get 13, 14 new Aaliyah songs, everybody should be excited. It’s not about me. It’s not about 40. It’s about her and her fans and us just getting the opportunity to give you something that we feel is great.”

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[Via MTV News]

  • shayne

    I believe 40 and drake can make an aaliyah album happen but I also feel in order for it to be all that it can be, meaning not only a great album but a album that is truely accepted her fans and maybe even her family, missy and tim need to be involved. I have no doubt the music is going to be great because it hey its AALIYAH’s music. Enough said was beautiful didn’t even need drake on it if you ask me. I support any Aaliyah music being released because she is all my all time favorite artist and I also support Drake he is my favorite male artist. I support letting this project happen because altho aaliyah is not here to approve I feel angels have ways of making things happen.so if its ment to be let it happen. As far her family goes I don’t think they will ever be comfortable with doing anything that means even more things that will bring them back to a time where there they where in denial that she was truely gone.Who wants to relive that pain? and new music will have you thinking she is still alive…but I gues thats the point..I want Drake to do this but I hope he does it right way or non of his fans will respect him in the same way becus most likely if your a drake fan your an aaliyah fan too but Aaliyah comes first always…respect her legacy as one of the best artist to walk this earth or don’t mess with it at all!_love Aaliyah&drake always